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  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Sounds all very tasty.

    We're going with homemade pizza, probably ham and pineapple (I kind of like knowing every Italian is in pain as a result of that pizza combo). Oh and I'm planning to open some Ata Rangi to celebrate the basketball.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3266 posts Report Reply

  • Brenda Leeuwenberg,

    I'm going to stay in and watch The Hollow Men, which I started watching last night. It's sufficiently horrifying to be recommended viewing for all New Zealanders!

    The Hollow Men

    Go on, stream it from your iPad via your AppleTV and get the full screen mind-blowing wonder of it burnt into your brains.

    Also, for some light relief, is Only Son - the award-winning 48 hour short film which is pretty damn funny:

    Only Son

    And then, if you're not over it yet, the much-requested Terry and the Gunrunners - which is truely awesome.

    Terry and the Gunrunners from 1985

    Wellington • Since Oct 2008 • 41 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Rich Lock,

    It's actually quite refreshing to see that on PAS, the indifference/hysteria split

    I like to think I'm neither hysterical nor indifferent about this one. If I had to pick which I'm closest to, of course it's indifferent. If it's a stink wedding, I'm sure I'll change channels or put on a DVD. I was thinking to MySky it and interlace it with episodes of Dexter.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8319 posts Report Reply

  • Idiot Savant, in reply to James Butler,

    [me not mentioning LARP :-)]

    We tolerate all sorts of abhorrent things in fiction - murder, rape, genocide, feudalism - because they lead to interesting stories. That doesn't mean they have any place in the real world.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1630 posts Report Reply

  • Sue,

    i shall be listening to the jay and silent bob commentary on ustream

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 471 posts Report Reply

  • Robert Urquhart,

    I'm ignoring the royal wedding except as a historical footnote, but some quirk of fate has me tonight working on an (unrelated) wedding-focused website site based in the UK :-/

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 140 posts Report Reply

  • Biobbs, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    Charlie's getting married at last
    To a pretty girl without a past
    Her Majesty's so happy
    The Duke's a happy chappy
    'Cause Charlie's getting married at last

    Oh dear lord, was that the one with the oh-so-classy lines "Lady Di, Lady Di, said stick it in your eye/The only guy I'll marry is Prince Char-lie"? I'd forgotten the name of the song or who did it, but that line always seemed to pop up in my memory over the subsequent years as the horrors of that marriage played themselves out.

    The River Mouth, Denmark • Since Jan 2011 • 107 posts Report Reply

  • Ethan Tucker,

    Top TV pre-royal wedding highlight: Jimmy Carr reciting one-liners on 10 O'Clock Live last night whilst dressed as Diana, wearing angel wings and floating on a fluffy cloud in heaven. Particularly the line about it being 'car-crash television', and the usual "If you see William, give my love to his father. And if you see Harry, give my love to his father", that sort of thing.

    Wellington • Since Apr 2008 • 106 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Accidentally encountered local tv coverage. TV One had their botoxed chief cheerleader braying from London about the weather. Endured all of 20 seconds before it got to me. TV Three had Hilary Barry on the spot being all cheery and John Campbell heading what seemed to be a rather smart and effervescent panel including Jeremy Wells. Almost tempting.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16496 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Breakers are 13 to 5 after the first quarter. Great too not to have to listen to obnoxious Aussie commentators.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2288 posts Report Reply

  • bmk, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Breakers are 13 to 5 after the first quarter. Great too not to have to listen to obnoxious Aussie commentators.

    When a NZ team is winning I always prefer to listen to Aussie commentators. The taste of schadenfreude can be so sweet. Same reason I enjoyed watching Obama’s victory on Fox – CNN just wouldn’t have been as much fun.

    Since Jun 2010 • 295 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    From the Herald's Breakers vs Taipans live scoring thread:

    8:01
    [Comment From Wills&Kate:]
    come on, we've a busy day planned....

    8:07
    [Comment From Wills&Kate:]
    Wills here, Breakers need to focus on winning each quater and the game will look after itself

    8:10
    [Comment From Prince Harry:]
    Wills where are you? You gotta get in the car ... Nan's waiting!

    8:10
    [Comment From The Queen:]
    Wills/Kate focus!!! The Breakers will bring it home ...

    8:12
    [Comment From Wills&Kate:]
    Kate will no doubt be late anyway, she always is. You try living with her!

    8:15
    [Comment From John Key:]
    So proud of the boys ... looking forward to the wedding and celebrating!!

    etc.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Sacha,

    Heh. The 'smart and effervescent' panel is driving me slightly mad. (But I often find panels irritating.)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3628 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Danielle,

    smart and effervescent

    no guarantee that impression would last :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16496 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    In other news, 57-45
    #nospoilers

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16496 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    71-53
    #result

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16496 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    TV Three had Hilary Barry on the spot being all cheery and John Campbell heading what seemed to be a rather smart and effervescent panel including Jeremy Wells.

    Yes, having a good old giggle at Ffion Hague’s broken leg was “smart and effervescent"… if that’s an euphemism for “crass and twatcocky.” Though, to be fair, the only unforgivable sin at events like this is dead air.

    Oh, and I loved this big of insightful analysis: “Kate is very different from Diana.” Yeah, the pulse rather gave it away.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11867 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Austin,

    Well, I ended up watching some IPL cricket instead of the wedding. Tomorrow I shall celebrate the Royal Wedding further by heading up north to Yorkshire for the weekend. God bless their majesties!

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 881 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Austin,

    Actually, the fly over by the RAF was pretty neat

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 881 posts Report Reply

  • Yamis,

    Intended to tune in for a couple of minutes but in the end the Breakers and Blues absorbed me to the point that I saw .... 0 + 0 + 0 seconds of the wedding. What a shame. I wonder if the British bookmakers are running odds on how long it will last. I have nothing against either of them and expect they'll be especially motivated to keep it real but that's some serious pressure they live under.

    Since Nov 2006 • 866 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Well I hope you're all happy with your tweeting and your parties and your curries and your general frivolity. I had a completely bland and disappointing meal with friends and came home to 350 tweets, and everyone having had shitloads more fun than I. Bastards.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Sadly, Bronagh Key has let New Zealand down -- Julia Gillard was wearing a much sillier hat. The ABs will have to win the RWC to erase the shame. :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11867 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall,

    Fergie's daughter's just looked gauche, didn't they ?

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 582 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    Fergie’s daughter’s just looked gauche, didn’t they ?

    Such a pity. Might have been OK without the moose antlers and the blue trowel.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3419 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to Yamis,

    I wonder if the British bookmakers are running odds on how long it will last. I have nothing against either of them and expect they'll be especially motivated to keep it real but that's some serious pressure they live under.

    Mind you, Wills & Kate seem many times the couple that Charles & Diana could never have been.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4161 posts Report Reply

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